Perry R. Burr, of Winnie, passed away peacefully Jan. 7, at the age of 89. He was born in Orange, on Sept. 30, 1925, to Mattie Smith and Perry Roy Burr.
Perry spent his entire childhood in the Orange area. Upon graduation he joined the Merchant Marines serving on the Tullahoma. When honorably discharged, he decided to continue his military service by joining the Navy, serving on the USS Casablanca. When his tour ended, he returned to Orange and attended McNeese Junior College on a football scholarship. At the end of the 1947 season, he was recruited by LSU, where he continued his football career and obtained a BS in business.
He was employed for a time with DuPont and then Phillips Petroleum in Beaumont. In 1950, he moved to Winnie, where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Letha F. Dugat. After a short stint as business manager at East Chambers ISD, he obtained his real estate license and embarked on a long and prosperous career in commercial and residential real estate and construction. He and Letha spent time traveling Central America. After retiring, he spent many hours honing his woodworking skills building furniture for his family. They spent many summers enjoying their condo in Galveston with family and friends, sailing and playing golf.
Perry is survived by his wife, Letha Burr; step-daughters, Carolyn Cormier and her husband, Rodney, of Winnie and Catherine Good and her husband, Don, of North Carolina; grandchildren, Travis Saunders and his wife, Debbi, of Austin; Natalie Richter and her husband, Jay; Blayne Nolen and his wife, Monica; and Stace Farrow and her husband, Rusty; all of Winnie; and Leslie LaVictoire and Perry LaVictoire, both of North Carolina; and numerous great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and great-grandson, Sawyer Farrow.
Mr. Burr, Perry and PaPa was a very quiet and caring man.
His committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, Winnie.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Winnie, P.O. Box 1570, Winnie, Texas 77665, or the charity of your choice.